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Fierce Festival, Kate McIntosh: All Ears

All Ears

Performers are so frequently on stage as the audience enters that it barely warrants notice, but in McIntosh’s piece it is significant - it is the first instance of her observing us as a collective. She is not just sitting of course. She is watching and apparently noticing. Deborah Pearson responds to All Ears.

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Cecilia Brunson Projects, 3 Royal Oak Yard, London SE1 3GD

Coco Fusco: And the Sea Will Talk to You

Coco Fusco, And the Sea Will Talk to You, 2012 (installation view at Cecilia Brunson Projects)

We are meant to be those adrift: the whole premise is a simulation of migration, a mid-point between hope and despair. Niko Munz reviews Coco Fusco's And the Sea Will Talk to You.

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Coates and Scarry 8 Duke St, ST James, London SW1Y 6BN

Lisa Wright: The Unversed

Installation view, The Unversed

When Wright takes a step back, letting her images be messy or even awkward, her work begins to take hold of you not by its staged loveliness but by its ineffable strangeness. Review by Lizzie Lloyd

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Warwick Arts Centre, University of Warwick, Gibbet Hill Rd, Coventry, West Midlands CV4 7AL

Fierce Festival, Chris Goode and Company: Weaklings


I am greeted by the following sign when I arrive: ‘‘Weaklings’ performance contains scenes of a sexual nature and content that some viewers may find disturbing’. I can’t wait! I don’t leave the house for anything less. Review by Leo Francisco

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Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Durslade Farm, Dropping Ln, Bruton, Somerset BA10 0NL

Jenny Holzer: Softer Targets

Installation view, Jenny Holzer: Softer Targets, Hauser & Wirth Somerset, 2015

Contrary to the more general scope of Holzer's previous series, which covered feminism, politics, domestic violence, and power dynamics, ‘Softer Targets’ shifts to focus aim on state secrets, cover-ups and government corruption. Review by Trevor Smith

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Birmingham Open Media (BOM), 1 Dudley St, Birmingham B5 4EG

Fierce Festival, Emily Mulenga: Orange Bikini

Orange Bikini

‘Orange Bikini’ visualises the psyche of a woman of colour, revealing her powerful and resilient spirit and subtlely acknowledging anxieties around beauty ideals. Review by Lynnette Miranda

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Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, City Library and Arts Centre, Fawcett Street, Sunderland SR1 1RE

Jeffrey Dennis: Ringbinder

Jeffrey Dennis: Ringbinder

Dennis approaches conditions through his visual vernacular, in a gangly muddling of personal and public affairs. Review by Zara Worth

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SculptureCenter, 44-19 Purves St, Long Island City, NY 11101

Gabriel Sierra: Numbers in a Room

Gabriel Sierra, Untitled (o(op(ope(open)pen)en)n), installation view, Gabriel Sierra: Numbers in a Room, SculptureCenter, 2015. MDF and burlap. Dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist and kurimanzutto, Mexico City. Photo: Kyle Knodell

An interactive institutional critique, ’Numbers in a Room’ grants viewers permission to reconfigure the set language of a space as a form with which one can create, move, and play. Review by Rusty Van Riper

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Centrala, Unit 4 Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, Birmingham B5 5RT

Małgorzata Dawidek: Conversio

Installation view, Sylvia

As anyone who’s opened a British newspaper recently will be amply aware, the word ‘migrant’ has become an incredibly loaded one over the last few months. Małgorzata Dawidek has stepped straight into the fray with her distinctive visual language. Review by Helena Haimes

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